Phenotypic Plasticity in Response to Environmental Challenges

Lead Research Organisation: John Innes Centre
Department Name: Contracts Office

Abstract

We are studying the perception of ambient and seasonal temperature signals and their integration into regulatory networks controlling growth, development and defence responses. Research will also be focussed on identifying genes conferring the vulnerability of meiosis to increased temperatures, as this dramatically affects fertility. The outcomes of this research will provide a quantitative mechanistic understanding of phenotypic plasticity in the environment and how development is aligned to seasons. This will provide ways to reduce the volatility of crop productivity in changing growing conditions. These outcomes directly address the objectives of BBSRC strategy in sustainable intensification of crop production because they will provide knowledge needed to optimise crop production in varied growing environments. This work draws on large-scale datasets, including genomic resources we have developed jointly for experimental and crop species, and new in-field automated phenotype data, to establish quantitative relationships between genotypes, the growing environment, and the resulting phenotype. Therefore, it directly matches the objectives of the understanding “genotype x environment = phenotype” strategic priority by establishing how temperature modulates regulatory networks controlling crop productivity. With this knowledge, we aim to contribute to narrowing the 30% gap between potential yield and field yield and increase the efficiency of crop production and overall yields. For example, genetic “fine-tuning” of flowering time to the duration of over-wintering helps schedule crop harvesting and can optimise production schedules, addressing the reducing waste priority.

Publications

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Boden SA (2019) How can developmental biology help feed a growing population? in Development (Cambridge, England)

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Busoms S (2018) Fluctuating selection on migrant adaptive sodium transporter alleles in coastal Arabidopsis thaliana. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

 
Description 6.1
We have used RNA structure mapping to discover a recently-described RNA secondary structure, the RNA G-quadruplex (RG4) is present in plants. This was the first evidence of the G-quadruplex RNA secondary structure in any eukaryotic cell. Ding located these throughout the genome and showed that these could mediate RNA phase separation. Interestingly, in vivo RG4 folding is enhanced in cold, suggesting that temperature affects G-quadruplex function in plants. Through our functional analysis, we revealed that the enhancement of RG4 folding in cold strongly represses protein synthesis. The disruption of RG4 impairs the cold response in plants. Taken together, this work changes the way we think about plant temperature responses, and proposes a completely new process for biological temperature sensing that has not been described before in any organism.
We have discovered that circadian rhythms affect water use efficiency in plants and have co-led the discovery that changes in the gene expression of certain circadian clock components inhibits the over-elongation of plants that can occur under deep shade conditions (Fraser, Panter et al. PNAS 2021). This is important because little is known about plant developmental responses under conditions of deep canopy shade.

6.2
We have shown that warmer temperatures delay flowering in winter wheat, and that the delay is conferred during early developmental stages. The response is modified genetically by copy number variation for VERNALIZATION1 alleles, the major known regulator of vernalisation in cereals. We have also shown that exposure to warmer temperatures during early developmental stages modifies inflorescence architecture, such that additional supernumerary spikelets form. This has implications for the way in which we understand temperature and climate effects on wheat yields.
In Brassica as part of an experiment within the BRAVO SLoLa, we grew lines from a Brassica diversity panel exposed to a variety of vernalisation and post-vernalisation temperatures. The effect of temperature was assessed for a range of traits that are still being analysed.
6.3.
We have shown expression of the key regulator of pod dehiscence, INDEHISCENCE, increases with temperature and that this is associated with accelerated fruit dehiscence and removal of the transcriptionally repression H2A.Z histones from the IND locus. This work is published in Molecular Plant (Li et al 2018).
We studied the effects of ambient temperature changes on plant growth and development and defence responses. He looked at the coordination of growth and immunity in response to temperature in the context of other key seasonal signals such as light, photoperiod etc. We found that key seasonal cues are integrated into coordinate growth and immunity by a common signalling module.
We have shown that RNA G-quadruplex structure contributes to cold adaptation in plants and that in wheat the in vivo RNA structure landscape reveals a prevalent role of RNA structure in modulating translational subgenome expression asymmetry.
We found that the ATH1 gene establishes the compressed growth habit of Arabidopsis by locally repressing environmental responses (Ejaz et al., 2021).

7.1
We have determined the contribution of FLC allelic variation to temperature perception and response in Arabidopsis - considerable effort went into analysing field experiment samples to understand cold sensing mechanisms and mechanisms of natural variation. We changed thinking in the vernalization field by showing that it was the absence of warmth that was just as important as presence of cold (Hepworth et al 2018), and investigated how the natural variation at FLC affected these temperature sensing and memory mechanisms (paper in preparation). A major task as part of this work was the completion of the introgressing of the major FLC haplotypes into the common Columbia genotype, and full genome sequencing to ascertain the length of the introgressed fragments. We have completed a study aimed at dissecting how a single non-coding SNP at FLC affects long-term stability of Polycomb silencing (Questa G & D 2020). We have also compiled extensive field data analyzing the adaptive consequences of FLC haplotypes. We have found that autumnal FLC expression is the major variable conferred by the distinct Arabidopsis FLC haplotypes. This variation influences flowering responses of Arabidopsis accessions resulting in an interplay between promotion and delay of flowering in different climates to balance survival and, through a post-vernalization effect, reproductive output. We have also shown that individual SNPs in the FLC haplotypes to significantly change the silencing dynamics and so confer adaptation to different climates.
Rather than expression of specific individual Brassica napus FLC paralogues, total FLC expression dynamics best explains differences in cold requirement between cultivars. The fact that B napus has multiple FLC genes with different expression dynamics leads to diverse responses to cold and a wide range of vernalization requirements in the species (Calderwood et al., 2021 New Phytol).
We have demonstrated that it is the temperature fluctuations as well as absolute temperature that help plants monitor seasonal progression. Strong up-regulation of COOLAIR occurs upon the first frost. This connects with our previous finding that COOLAIR expression is differentially up-regulated by cold in near-isogenic lines containing non-coding SNPs at FLC.

7.2
We have found that vernalisation in oilseed rape takes place mainly in October, rather than in winter as previously assumed. We have also found orthologues of FLC that do not participate in the vernalisation response but instead silence in response to winter cold in developing flower tissues. We have found that variation at these genes is associated with variation in flower bud dormancy, and that flower bud dormancy has been bred specifically into winter oilseed rape to control flowering time. We have found that during flower development reductions in chilling are associated with lower yields. This changes the way we think about how crops respond to a changing environment.
We found that the major Brassica oleracea FLC haplotypes have been introgressed into a common background. Germplasm with a wide range of variation in time to maturity has been generated. Major FLC haplotypes have been identified in the oilseed brassicas: B. rapa and B. napus .
7.3:
We have shown that FLC is an important regulator of seed size in Brassica napus, and have begun to search for the mechanism by which vernalisation and temperature affect seed properties and yield. We have developed new tools for manipulating vernalisation in field plots at the JIC farm so that vernalisation can be interrupted or delayed and effects on yield components monitored. We have combined this with analysis of historical yield data to identify times of year when variable chilling affect oilseed rape yield, and then manipulated temperature during these periods in the field and in specialised Controlled Environment Rooms. We have identified varieties with stable yields in environments with variable chilling, and now aim to identify and breed the causative allelic variants into elite cultivars. We have shown that in the UK vernalisation of oilseed rape occurs during October, not during winter and that delay of vernalisation is a candidate mechanism by which warm Octobers lead to higher yields. We have grown >3,000 plants from a Brassica diversity panel exposing them to a variety of vernalisation and post-vernalisation temperatures. We discovered an effect on pod shatter resistance that is being studied in more detail.
8.1
We have identified the gene underlying the wheat Ph1 locus, the culmination of a 60 year research investigation. The Ph1 locus is responsible for controlling homoeologous recombination, and through the use of TILLING and CRISPR mutants we have been able to functionally characterise the genes at the Ph1 locus in detail for the first time. Findings revealed that the Ph1 recombination phenotype in wheat is due to changes in expression of a copy of the zip4 gene, changes in transcript profile in early wheat meiosis are surprisingly small and are independent of synapsis, ploidy level and the Ph1 locus, and that magnesium has an effect on crossover frequency in some lines of wheat hybrids. On wheat polyploidisation, we showed that the duplication of the major meiotic gene ZIP4 is responsible for stabilising tetraploid and hexaploid wheat as a polyploid during meiosis. We showed that this stabilisation resulted in the doubling of grain number. It had previously been assumed that the suppression of homoeologous crossover was responsible for the stabilisation of this polyploid. However, we showed that it was the ZIP4 effect on chromosome pairing which was responsible this stabilisation and hence the preservation of 50% in grain number, not its ability to suppress homoeologous crossover.
We have identified Dmc1 as a candidate gene for the Ltp1 5D locus conferring temperature tolerance, (both high and low) during wheat meiosis. The deletion of the 5D Dmc1 gene results in meiotic failure at both high and low temperatures
8.2
We made genetic crosses and generated segregating populations in which we can test the functions of candidate genes for meiotic thermotolerance and tested its potential link to recombination rate variation.
We showed that meiotic recombination rates in A. thaliana plastically increase with both increased and decreased temperatures from a low point at 18C, and that the low and high temperature effects are related but slightly molecularly distinct (Lloyd et al. Genetics, 2018). Biochemical follow-on studies are in progress. This study has important implications for the way in which climate affects plant productivity.
We found that the tapetum in the anther is highly sensitive to heat stress and a major cause of male sensitivity to heat (27 - 29°C) in Arabidopsis as pollen development is impaired due to the precocious programmed cell death of tapetal cells. The RNA-directed DNA methylation pathway (RdDM) mediates tapetum thermal tolerance, which contributes to the tolerance of pollen to heat stress. This is a completely new pathway which requires information to pass from the parent plant to regulate the epigenetic state of many genes in the male gamete. We showed that the tapetum is important for temperature responses during male reproductive development.
Exploitation Route Our findings are likely to impact academic researchers in plant and animal gene regulation, as well as the plant biotechnology field, and are of potential importance in commercial wheat breeding. Here we have discovered new modes of gene regulation (Dean) and new mechanisms for biological temperature sensing (Ding).
The results can be used by scientists, lay people and breeders to understand how plants respond to changes in temperature, for instance due to changing weather and climates, and how crop yields can be affected by temperature variation. This knowledge is necessary to breed more resilience into major crops. New techniques for speeding up breeding by accelerating plants growth will be used by breeders to bring new varieties to market faster.
We are actively working with breeding companies to optimise temperature responses in crop plants, for instance by breeding for more reliable developmental responses to variable chilling, increased recombination, and more reliable male fertility and pod shatter. Also, the work on Ph1 has important commercial implications for manipulating recombination in cereal breeding. The work can be used to breed more resilient crops, for instance with stable yields in response to weather and climate variation at different stages of development, including floral development, meiosis, seed development and fruit ripening.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

 
Description This research is discovering how environmental parameters such as temperature influence phenotypic plasticity in plants providing valuable insights such as how temperature and climate change are influencing mechanisms which directly impact on plant growth, development and crop yield. Regular discussions with industry enable our research to be used to tackle challenges in agriculture such as resilience and productivity. Our research into seed dispersal previously led to the development of a technology for testing susceptibility of oilseed rape to seed loss through podshatter. We have improved this through the development of podshatteR software allowing quantification of this commercial problem. Two companies have commissioned the production of a system for quantifying seed loss and the Agriculture and Horticultural Development Board are investigating the use of this system to incorporate into the testing of varieties for the UK "Recommended List". This would provide farmers with independently assessed information. Germplasm of pod shatter resistant oilseed rape lines are available under a Licence Agreement with one company which has field tested the material. We have developed a new short generation broccoli line as a result of our research into seasonal influence on the gene FLC. Licence agreements are in place with three plant breeding companies to allow them to use this knowledge to develop and select new crops. One retailer has shown interest in accessing vegetables produced as a result of this technology which would allow year-round production of broccoli within the UK, reducing imports, waste and reliance on overseas production. Through a Transforming Food Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund award we have assessed the economic feasibility of producing this crop using vertical farming techniques and are now in discussion with vertical farming companies regarding production. Pre-breeding material is licenced to two plant breeders who are working towards developing putative varieties. Discussions are progressing with industry across the supply chain focused on the introduction of new vegetable products and a patent relating to this has been filed. It has been estimated that the vertical farming market will reach almost US$10 bilion by 2025. Developing vertical farms requires a good understanding of optimal growth and development. We are collaborating with LettUs Grow, a design company specialising in aeroponic irrigation systems in vertical farms to provide knowledge of plant circadian biology. The collaborative team has been awarded two BBSRC studentships to help LettUsGrow improve their processes to optimise lighting regimes for crop growth and have developed a roadmap on the future research required to accelerate sustainable growth in vertical farming using aeroponics. A recent Flexible Talent Mobility Award involving Quadrum Institute of Bioscience is expected to work towards enhancing the health properties of aeroponically produced salad crops. Funded through a BBSRC-UKRI Flexible Talent Mobility Award, and in collaboration with the Quadram Institute and LettUs Grow we have developed a strategy for the low cost fortification of salad crops to address vitamin and mineral deficiency, which represent a form of "hidden hunger". We found that circadian rhythms can regulate the effectiveness of the most widely-used herbicide (glyphosate), giving rise to daily rhythms in the minimum effective dose of glyphosate (Belbin et al. Nature Comms. 2019). This opens a completely new field of investigation for the role of circadian rhythms in effectiveness of agrochemicals, which has been termed "agricultural chronotherapy". This has future potential to allow reduction and refinement in agrochemical use, saving money and limiting environmental leaching. Our research into environmental influences on plant growth and development is regularly sought out by industry, with discussions on the implications of our science for growers, agronomists and breeders taking place through numerous events such as the Oxford Farming Conference, British Crop Production Council Farmers Club, Croptec, and Cereals. One to one discussions allow targeted research ideas to be developed and include recent discussions on investigating the effects of water logging on yield with Elsoms Seeds and improving seed quality for seed production with Syngenta Seeds. The JIC Innovation Fund has provided funding to develop and test a pre breeding programme for Brassicas, initially focusing on oilseed rape. If successful, this will allow us to provide the plant breeding industry with pre-breeding material for testing new germplasm arising from our research. We have been awarded ERC funding to develop RNA-based approaches to addressing beet yellow virus, a disease which can destroy 50% of the crop yield in sugar beet. This non-chemical based approach to control would provide a potential solution following the withdrawal of neonicotinoid pesticides in the EU. Our findings and expertise are additionally transferred to industry through training. We provide input into the JIC UEA MSc programme on Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement, for example through a module on Flowering and Vernalisation. Analysis suggests 47% of students go on to work in the plant breeding and related industries ensuring our research is having a direct impact on global crop development programmes. We also use a variety of bespoke training mechanisms to impart the latest knowledge to future plant breeders and agricultural researchers. For example, a training programme was developed for the Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute on associative transcriptomics and a partnering award with the Oilseed Research Centre at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) gave us the opportunity to provide training on the interpretation and use of a sequenced based database designed to help with primer design for Marker assisted selection in breeding programmes for use in breeding activities at BARI to help improve mustard productivity. We continue to use engagement activities to enhance the public's awareness of the potential value of our science through activities such as radio broadcasts (e.g. an interview with Radio 4's farming today on how our weather is influencing oilseed rape yields), school visits (to raise awareness of our science and the opportunities for women in science), debate (for example though panel debate and discussion on "Building Brilliant Brassicas" as part of a Science café) and press releases (e.g. a press release entitled How plants become good neighbours in time of stress on plant shade avoidance which had an international reach following the publication of Fraser et al. 2021 was featured on 24 news outlines having an online reach of approximately 13.5 million people). These activities help to generate a more informed public, allow us to gauge public opinion and provide feedback on our future science. Participants regularly report changing their views as a result of these activities.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Environment
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description A member of the Science Board of the G20 wheat initiative set up by the G20 agricultural ministers to coordinate wheat research across the G20 countries
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact By coordinating wheat research to address food security issues across the G20 countries, it makes more effect use of the funding by G20 government agencies
 
Description Invited participant to discuss UK participation on the EMPHASIS initiative to coordinate phonemics platforms across Europe
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description (ultraRNAs) - A sweet solution: novel antiviral siRNAs to help rescue the sugar beet industry
Amount € 150,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 966855 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 03/2021 
End 09/2022
 
Description Australia: Promoting collaboration between JIC and EI (UK), SCU and CSIRO (Australia) in Brassica genomics and Brassica crop phenology
Amount £23,732 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P025714/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 05/2020
 
Description Automation of seed performance testing
Amount £10,452 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R012369/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 04/2018
 
Description BBSRC Responsive Mode
Amount £779,224 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S009620/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2022
 
Description CEPAMs funding at the John Innes cENTRE
Amount £99,752 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 08/2019
 
Description EMBO Young Investigator
Amount € 15,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Molecular Biology Organisation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Germany
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2022
 
Description ERC Proof of Concept. A sweet solution: novel antiviral siRNAs to help rescue the sugar beet industry
Amount € 150,000 (EUR)
Funding ID ERC-2020-PoC 966855 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start  
 
Description European Research Council Starting Grant
Amount € 1,500,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 08/2018 
End 08/2023
 
Description GCRF databases and Resources phase 2
Amount £98,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Gatsby PhD Studentship
Amount £107,494 (GBP)
Organisation Gatsby Charitable Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 09/2019
 
Description John Innes Foundation PhD Studentship
Amount £105,206 (GBP)
Organisation John Innes Centre 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 08/2018
 
Description Project with Brandon Biosciences Ltd to test the effect of seaweed extracts on pod shatter in oilseed rape
Amount € 170,000 (EUR)
Funding ID Project ID: 652506 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Research Grants
Amount £18,676 (GBP)
Funding ID RGS\R1\211279 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 03/2022
 
Description Seeding Catalyst Award
Amount £16,083 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/SCA/JIC/17 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 02/2018
 
Description Solving the tangled ontogenesis of the stem for sustainable crops
Amount € 224,934 (EUR)
Funding ID 838718 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 04/2019 
End 04/2021
 
Description The Royal Society Partership Grant
Amount £2,969 (GBP)
Funding ID PG\S2\20\2034 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
 
Description Transforming Food Production Seeding Award
Amount £22,050 (GBP)
Organisation John Innes Centre 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Vertical farming to assess economic feasibility of short generation brocolli
Amount £140,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ISCF-TFP-SA-JIC 
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description i-Motifs: Sequence, Structure and Function in Ageing
Amount £64,268 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/W000962/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2021 
End 12/2024
 
Title Random Impact Test version 2.0 
Description The Random Impact Test is to use for assessing pod shatter resistance in oilseed rape. We have further improved the method to also include other members of the Brassicaceae family including Arabidopsis, Capsella and Lepidium. Moreover, newly developed software for curve fitting has allowed more precise and automated calculations. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We have been approached by industry and academics to carry out this assay on a range of material. 
 
Title B. napus transcriptome timeseries data 
Description Brassica napus floral transition transcriptome timeseries for 4 accessions. PRJNA648031 - currently embagoed due to IP. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Publication 10.1111/nph.17131. Dataset underpins current BRAVO project development. 
 
Title B. rapa transcriptome timeseries data 
Description Developmental timeseries transcriptome dataset through the floral transition of Brassica rapa accessions R-o18 and Sarisha14 available at NCBI Sequence Read Archive, project ID PRJNA593493. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Dataet underpins the development of comparative transcriptomics techniques within BRAVO and understanding of the floral transition in B. rapa. 
 
Title Bioinformatics Toolkit 
Description Ding developed FoldAtlas, a web-based repository for genome-scale RNA structure probing data. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The normalised reactivities have been downloaded 74,896 times from 26 unique locations (Oct 2018) 
URL http://www.foldatlas.com
 
Title Transcriptome sequences added to Genbank SRA 2018 
Description Transcriptome sequences added to Genbank SRA. Transcriptome sequencing reads of cultivar Westar: Sequencing reads available NCBI Sequence Read Archive under BioProject number PRJNA398789. Also made publicly available through the following publication: Spatio-temporal expression dynamics differ between homologues of ?owering time genes in the allopolyploid Brassica napus D. Marc Jones1,2 , Rachel Wells1, Nick Pullen1, Martin Trick2 , Judith A. Irwin1,* and Richard J. Morris1,2,* 1Crop Genetics, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK 2Computational and Systems Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK. The Plant Journal (2018) 96, 103-118 Received 15 February 2018; revised 18 May 2018; accepted 19 June 2018; published online 10 July 2018. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To early to say. 
URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bioproject/PRJNA398789/
 
Description A meeting between CIMMYT and DFW funded by BMGF to discuss collaboration projects 
Organisation International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT)
Country Mexico 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I organised a meeting funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation brought together members of the BBSRC's coordinated wheat programme (Designing Future Wheat) with members of CIMMYT (who breed wheat for the resource poor in the developing world), discuss potential opportunities for interaction. These opportunities are taken forward by writing proposals for Newton , GCRF or IWYP funding calls
Collaborator Contribution See above
Impact This interaction is still ongoing between members of BBSRC's coordinated wheat programme (Designing Future Wheat) and researchers within CIMMYT with proposals being written for IWYP and Newton calls
Start Year 2018
 
Description AHDB pod shatter 2019 
Organisation Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution JI Enterprises contract work for AHDB to develop pod shatter testing for the recommended list. Contract work performed to measure pod shatter.
Collaborator Contribution Field trials and material provided for testing.
Impact Report delivered. Potential for future work identified.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Christine Mezard 
Organisation French National Institute of Agricultural Research
Department INRA Versailles
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are evaluating the effect of AXR1 on the DNA methylation in male meiocytes
Collaborator Contribution They identified the AXR1 gene, whose mutation affects recombination during meiosis and generally the DNA methylome in somatic tissues.
Impact This has led to a publication in Plos Genetics in 2020. Meiotic crossovers (COs) are important for reshuffling genetic information between homologous chromosomes and they are essential for their correct segregation. COs are unevenly distributed along chromosomes and the underlying mechanisms controlling CO localization are not well understood. We previously showed that meiotic COs are mis-localized in the absence of AXR1, an enzyme involved in the neddylation/rubylation protein modification pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana. Here, we report that in axr1-/-, male meiocytes show a strong defect in chromosome pairing whereas the formation of the telomere bouquet is not affected. COs are also redistributed towards subtelomeric chromosomal ends where they frequently form clusters, in contrast to large central regions depleted in recombination. The CO suppressed regions correlate with DNA hypermethylation of transposable elements (TEs) in the CHH context in axr1-/- meiocytes. Through examining somatic methylomes, we found axr1-/- affects DNA methylation in a plant, causing hypermethylation in all sequence contexts (CG, CHG and CHH) in TEs. Impairment of the main pathways involved in DNA methylation is epistatic over axr1-/- for DNA methylation in somatic cells but does not restore regular chromosome segregation during meiosis. Collectively, our findings reveal that the neddylation pathway not only regulates hormonal perception and CO distribution but is also, directly or indirectly, a major limiting pathway of TE DNA methylation in somatic cells.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Clause - Brassica vegetable speed breeding 
Organisation HM Clause
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Screening of germplasms for response to speedbreeding
Collaborator Contribution Germplasm and details about growth conditions
Impact Further knowledeg about plant speedbreeding respsonse
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with Elsoms seeds 
Organisation Elsoms Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We provide information and access to the JIC entomoogy facility where we have established a captive population of cabbage stem flea beetles. This is useful to breeders who can test their germplasm for feeding resistance.
Collaborator Contribution They provided us with seeds of plant lines for the project and offered to run field trials for us.
Impact We have produced and shared confidential datasets on flea beetle feeding preferences. This infrormation can inform breeding decisions.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with the National Institute of Agronomy and Botany (NIAB) 
Organisation National Institute of Agronomy and Botany (NIAB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We helped design and test an automated system for scoring seed germination based on computer vision and artificial intelligence.
Collaborator Contribution Our wrote the software and co-designed the system
Impact There is a publication, Colmer et al 2020 and a piece of new technology
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with vertical farming R&D company LettUs Grow 
Organisation LettUs Grow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration was formed as part of the research of the laboratory of Antony Dodd. PhD student Fiona Belbin supervised a summer project student who was based at the company LettUs Grow, and this subsequently led to a long-term and ongoing collaboration between Antony Dodd and LettUs Grow, which has included award of a Royal Society Industry Fellowship, a BBSRC SWBio DTP PIPS placement, BBSRC Norwich Research Park DTP CASE studentship, and an article is currently in preparation for submission also.
Collaborator Contribution LettUs Grow have provided a host for several student training placements / research experience placements, and also are actively participating in collaboration designed to enhance their products.
Impact n/a
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration within ATI-Catalyst fund on circadian phase estimation 
Organisation Earlham Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A new collaboration between Antony Dodd (JIC) and Anthony Hall (Earlham Institute) is using machine learning to estimate the circadian phase of plants from a single sample and small subset of transcripts. The idea is that it will be possible in future to rapidly screen for altered circadian phenotypes in model systems and crops using a single biological sample, saving considerable time and money compared with the current approach of obtaining many samples over a timecourse. The ATI-Catalyst fund will also provide training to the fellow employed on the project in machine learning and applying mathematical problems to real-world biology. The project started in February 2021.
Collaborator Contribution Antony Dodd is a co-investigator on the project and is providing scientific guidance to the project.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Daphne Ezer at Alan Turing Institute 
Organisation Alan Turing Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collecting detailed expression profiles from a range of developmental stages and tissues of Brassica naps and Brassica oleracea.
Collaborator Contribution They have developed software to analyse expression data and identify genetic networks involved in plant development. In this project, the Ezer group will analyse our data in their pipeline and they have been successful in obtaining funding for a 12-month posted position to do so from within ATI. The postdoc participated in our most recent stakeholder meeting.
Impact Too early to list any outcomes. This is a multidisciplinary collaboration between experimentalists and mathematical modellers.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Elsoms - CSFB Sinapis alba investigation 
Organisation Elsoms Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Screening of germplams fro insect resistance
Collaborator Contribution Provision of germplasm for screening
Impact Funding/agreement for iCASE PhD to start in 2021
Start Year 2020
 
Description Flexible Talent mobility funding focusing upon health of vertical farm-grown salads 
Organisation Quadram Institute Bioscience
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration involving Martin Warren at the QIB and vertical farming R&D company LettUs Grow aims to develop new strategies for enhancing the health benefits of salads produced in vertical farms. We have started a new project that aims to produce healthy bagged salads using aeroponic vertical farm technologies in the most economic manner possible.
Collaborator Contribution The project is led from JIC with the involvement of the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialization team. The goal is to generate IP that can be protected and the made available to agriculture companies.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description New collaboration on water logging 
Organisation Elsoms Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Began new project analysing yield responses to water logging.
Collaborator Contribution Provided access to field trials and plant materials
Impact no outcomes yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Revealing the RNA structural basis of sugar-dependent degradation of miRNA precursors during the juvenile to adult developmental phase transition in plants. 
Organisation Chinese Academy of Sciences
Country China 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution CEPAMS collaborative project established between Dr Yiliang Ding (John Innes Centre) and Dr Jiawei Wang (Chinese Academy of Scientists) entitled: Revealing the RNA structural basis of sugar-dependent degradation of miRNA precursors during the juvenile to adult developmental phase transition in plants.
Collaborator Contribution To be completed
Impact To be completed
Start Year 2017
 
Description Testing seaweed extract for combatting pod shatter in oilseed rape 
Organisation Brandon Products Ltd
Country Ireland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Testing different formulars of seaweed extract in reducing pod shatter of oilseed rape. Assessing whether the effect occurs via the SHP/IND-mediated pathway by testing the effect of the extracts on gene expression in Arabidopsis fruits.
Collaborator Contribution Production of seaweed extracts and further refinement to identify active compounds.
Impact Seaweed extracts have been tested on several varieties of oilseed rape as well as on reporter lines of Arabidopsis. No effect has been detected on pod shatter resistance, but it does seem in Arabidopsis as if the valve margin auxin response minimum is compromised, suggesting the extract has an effect on the programme leading to seed dispersal.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Understanding phenotypic change across an invasion history 
Organisation University of Stirling
Department Biological and Environmental Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are phenotyping multiple floral traits with an eye towards understanding how phenotypes have changed across an invasion history of Mimulus guttatus, both native and invasive. We are measuring floral scent, reflectance, morphology, nectar reward, and anthocyanin and carotenoid pigments. If phenotypic change is identified, we plan to investigate its genetic origins using existing genotyping data, and also to test the effects of phenotypic change using bumblebee behavioral assays.
Collaborator Contribution Mario Vallejo-Marin (University of Stirling) has supplied seed material, expertise in growth, and genotyping data for multiple lines across multiple populations of invasive and native Mimulus guttatus.
Impact Research is ongoing. We have discovered that different lines of invasive Mimulus guttatus show very different floral scent profiles, and are actively investigating whether these differ from the native populations and what impact this has on pollinators.
Start Year 2020
 
Title Image analysis software - new functions 
Description Analysing quantitatively the growth and division of cells in three dimensions is a significant challenge. We developed a package of Python scripts and Fiji macros to landmark, segment, locate, track and measure the orientation of cell growth and division in plant tissues in 3D. We have added additional functions to teh package, which allow better segmentation, automatic detection of recent cell divisions and their orientation, and analysis of genetically marked sectors in 3D. The package with instructions and annotated source code is available as Supplemental Software in a paper by Serrano-Mislata et al., 2017. (https://doi.org/10.6084/ m9.figshare.4675801.v1) 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The software and associated mages had been viewed 117 times and downloaded 36 times by February 2018. 
 
Description JIC blog introduction: How plants use scent to attract pollinators; Introducing Dr Kelsey Byers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I wrote and published through JIC Communications a blog post about my new lab and the research we are engaging in.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/how-plants-use-scent-to-attract-pollinators-introducing-dr-kelsey-byers/
 
Description Keynote Lecture on epigenetics at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Dean gave the Keynote lecture at the Dutch Chromatin meeting at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) on the 2nd November 2018. Translational talks (outside the field of plant science) increase the impact and application of GEN Science. Her talk was entitled: 'Epigenetic switching and antisense transcription'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AHDB - Development of pod shatter testing from research to industry - The UK Recommended list 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Report back to AHDB on previous years study and develop plans for future study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Agritech week - NRP event, Agritech East Combatting CSFB in a post-neonic era 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk as part of NRP Agritech week event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Agronomy and farming conference talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on the current work on oilseed rape and cabbage stem flea beetle in the UK to ~100 farmers and agronomists from Frontier. Presentation sparked good discussion session following talk. Discussions ongoing about future work between JIC and Frontier in this area. Planned visit from plant breeding company RAGT to JIC to look at work/future potential interaction
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description All-Party Parliamentary Group presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact All-Party Parliamentary Group, Science and Technology in Agriculture in Pulses
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Article for farming press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Brief article written for BSPB Plant Breedig Matter magazine on hybrid breeding and farm saved seed. This will have reached a raming audience explaining variety production, the plant breeding process and breeding for important traits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.bspb.co.uk/BSPB_Plant_Breeding_Matters_Spring_2018.pdf
 
Description Article written in Plant Breeding Matters 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Wells wrote a piece for PVR org's 'Plant Breeding Matters' on Oilseed Rape hybrids.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attendance at HeDWIC meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Moore attended a Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium (HeDWIC) meeting in May 2017. HeDWIC is a multidisciplinary partnership that was created to capture global expertise and resources to underpin food security in climate vulnerable regions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Auriel Gibson - freelance journalist for local Brassica opinion piece 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Discussion on oilseed rape crop development and current cultivation issue with local freelance journalist for local newsletter publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BBC Norfolk TV Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As ISP funding was publicised, local news media ran stories on the impact this will have to science, the environment, industry and the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBSRC Brassica Strategy meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Irwin et al. participated in a BBSRC Brassica Strategy meeting at Kew, London. The meeting involved participants from: JIC, BBSRC, University of York, Kew, Warwick University, DEFRA and the Earlham Institute, Norwich.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBSRC Science showcase event at Camden BRI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Industry-academia interactions in a BBSRC-organised event at Camden BRI to showcase relevant BBSRC projects. I presented the BRAVO programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BCPC Pests and Beneficials - JIC role in plant breeding for resistance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BCPC working group meeting. Discussion of current issues around control of pests and use of IPM/protecting beneficials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Blog article about vertical farming 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two PhD students in the Dodd lab wrote an article for the JIC Blog, with the title of "Is vertical farming the future of agriculture"? The aim of the article was to raise awareness and stimulate thought about the vertical farming industry, whilst publicising research at the JIC in this field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/is-vertical-farming-the-future-of-agriculture/
 
Description Bluebell Primary School assembly - speaking about careers in science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On the 18th May Caroline Dean visited Blueberry Primary School and talked in assembly about careers in science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brassica Genomics lecture x 2, University of East Anglie MSc course 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lesture provided on the MSc course on current Brassica genomics research. Students were engaged and asked many questions. good discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Brassica genetics lecture x 2 hours for University of East Anglia Plant Breeding and Crop Genetics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture of the UEA Plant breeding course on Brassica genetics, basic concepts through to current research. Students were engaged and asked questions thoughout and following lecture. Impact is training future scientists/plant breeders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Brassica science - DSV networking event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to JIC by the breeding company DSV. As a breeding company DSV have had limited engagement with JIC and the UK Brassica research community. This visit has sparked stronger interaction between organisations and potential future employment opportunities for JIC graduates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Breeder's day at JIC - Presentation of Brassica research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk/discussion on Brassica science at JIC involoving brassica research material. Good response from the audience , question and interactions with journalists leading to follow up talks and media interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Breeders Day 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This event was designed to allow plant breeders, agronomists and policy makers to find out about some the JIC's latest developments in germplasm for future crops, both wheat and Brassica crops. Early career researchers presented their findings and discussions allowed us to understand key concerns from industry which we can help to address.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Building Better Brassicas - Veg Farmer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interview with Heather Mills, an independent journalist that works with Farmers Guardian and The Veg Famer magazines. This resulted in an article in Veg Farmer about the vegetable work being completed in the BBSRC BRAVO project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.vegetablefarmer.co.uk/
 
Description Cabbage stem flea beetle industry interaction development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on current work in brassica genetics and CSFB with industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Careers talk at local school 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On the 8 Jun 2018 Hepworth J. Promoted women in STEMM and plant biology at Dover Grammar School for Girls, Years 10-12 (approximately 150 students).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cereals Live - Non chemical solutions Breeding for genetic resistance to cabbage stem flea beetle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk for Cereal Live event - this year online instead of being within a worshop area ta the Cereals event. Larger audience possible due to the online platform. Good question and discusion session. Prompted media interaction and further followup, including internationally
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Chairing wheat genetics symposium, Tuln, Austria 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chaired a session of Wheat Genetic symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Challenging Conversations online panel, British Ecological Society Festival of Ecology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A "Challenging Conversations" panel discussion was held as part of the British Ecological Society's Festival of Ecology (online due to COVID). The panel discussed ways to encourage diversity and cope with difficulties due to identity diversity whilst pursuing an academic career. Most attendees were postgraduate students. Audience reported finding the panel helpful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/events/festival-of-ecology/workshops/
 
Description Clover Seeds and CN seeds visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to JIC from members of Clover and CN Seed to discuss current industry needs and work ongoing at JIC where there could be potential interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cold Spring Harbor Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was a large conference bringing together scientists working on RNA regulation including how RNA structure affects phase transitions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Collaborative Discussions with UK company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Collaborative discussions took place between GEN scientists and three members of staff from a UK company (currently confidential).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Collaborative Discussions with external company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GEN scientists and the external company (currently confidential) took art in discussions regarding possible future collaborative projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Collaborative discussions between company and GEN scientists 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Collaborative discussions took place between GEN scientists and a company (currently confidential) in August 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Collaborative discussions with UK company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GEN scientists took part in collaborative discussions with a UK company (currently confidential) in regards to potential future projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Collaborative discussions with company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Skype meeting between company (currently confidential ) and GEN scientists to discuss potential future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Collaborative discussions with confidential research organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Collaborative discussions took place between GEN scientists and an external research organisation about a potential future project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Collaborative discussions with international company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GEN scientists participated in collaborative discussions with an international company (currently confidential) regarding a potential project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Collaborative discussions with local company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GEN scientist took part in collaborative discussions with a local company (currently confidential) about future potential projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description College du France Lecture as a part of the L'oreal Women in Science Award 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Caroline Dean gave the College du France lecture highlighting her groups research into flowering time and vernalization. The lecture led to questions and discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Combatting the Challenges of Oilseed Rape - AHDB agronomy Showcase presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited speaker at an AHDB event following contact made at the Hutchinsons Winter Agronomy conference. Presentation on the broader challenger facing oilseed rape in the UK, mainly around establishment and seedling vigour, part of BRAVO. Questions sparked following the talk and good discussions at the event later with obviously good agronomist interest in developments. There has been the potential for further AHDB BRAVO interactions discussed. This is one of our preferred dissemination routes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference organiser of PAG San Diego attracting 3800 plant and animal researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I am on the organising committee of the largest plant and animal ag genomics conference attracting some 3800 researchers, policy makers, industry etc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019
 
Description Contributed to New Scientist virtual event - Future of Food and Agriculture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I contributed to two parts of the New Scientist live event, "Future of Food and Agriculture." The first components was a panel discussion about the potential of vertical farming for future food production, which was chaired by the Editor of Farming Today magazine and included other panelists from vertical farming companies. The second component to which I contributed was a Q&A session at the end of the event, which included several John Innes Centre staff and questions from the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Disability in Biology and STEM online panel, Bio-Diverse Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A panel discussing disability in STEM careers was held as part of the Bio-Diverse Festival (online due to COVID). Barriers and strategies were discussed amongst the panelists and advice and answers to audience questions addressed. Some audience members had been unaware that they could succeed in STEM whilst living with a disability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bio-diversefestival.org/panel-discussions.html
 
Description Discussion with local school on application for Royal Society Partnering Award 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Discussion with Town Close School, Norwich on applying for a Royal Society Partnering Award to set up experiments at their school to address questions raised by their pupils on how environmental factors, both natural and pollutants, influence crop growth.
Our discussions focused on how to design and implement experiments which would address the questions the children had and be scientifically well designed.
We also discussed future interactions and finalised details to allow us to apply for a partnering award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/developing-our-future-climate-scientists/
 
Description Discussionw with Syngenta vegetable Seeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion about high quality seed production protocols.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description EMBL Chromatin & Epigenetics Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The PI ( C Dean) attended this international symposium and met with other researchers undertaking analysis of protein oligomers and their importance in chromatin biology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Early Career Researcher's Conference, Barcelona Nov 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk given at Early Career conference by BRAVO post-doc, Jo Hepworth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Edible East Art and Science Trail 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A sandpit between scientists, PhD students and artist enable the creation of artwork inspired by our science.
An art/science trail was set up around the city of Norwich for participation by the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.edibleeast.org.uk/trail/
 
Description Educational video for SAW Climate Change Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A digital climate change conference designed to provide teacher-led resources for Key Stage 2.
Video produced by PhD student to explain aspects of our research which demonstrate that oilseed rape yield is affected by temperature (warmer or cooler winters) and the affects climate change could have on our crop production.
It was stated that children who took part, left the conference; with an improved understanding
of climate change, aware that food production has an effect on climate change and were shown
examples of new crop development technologies and regenerative agricultural practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://norwichsciencefestival.co.uk/learning/primary-climate-change-conference-2021
 
Description Elevator pitch at Cereals 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As part of an AgriTechEast event (Innovations Insight) at Cereals 2018, I gave a 2-min pitch about the BRAVO strategic LoLa grant on Brassica Rapeseed And Vegetable Optimisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.agritech-east.co.uk/tag/cereals-2018/
 
Description Elsoms Veg open day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Stand at the Elsoms Vegetable open day displaying the current work of JIC. Discussed many current projects with the industry members that visited the open day and trials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elsoms seeds visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit by Elsoms seeds to discuss Speed breeding and speed cloning of disease resistance genes . Good discussions had.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elsoms seeds visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit regarding Brassica research at JIC. Good discussion had
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with Syngenta global 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I described the outputs of the project and how they could be exploited by Syngenta seeds. Specifically we discussed how the findings could be used to improve seed quality in seed productions, and how we might take the work forward
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Engagement with industry, agronomy company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact JIC site visit with Prime agriculture, the UK's largest independent agronomy company after they approached JIC with an interest in JIC science. Work presented from the JIC Brassica program as this is an area of key importance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with industry, breeding company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to JIC by CN Seeds (UK company with which we are engaged) and Clover Seeds (Chinese breeding company) after a request to KEC and interest shown in Brassica science at the John innes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Experiment presentation at Plant Breeders Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact During our annual plant breeders open day we presented in the field our experiment on measuring and manipulating seed vigour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Experts warn against farm-saving hybrid varieties - BSPB Plant Breeding Matters Article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed to an article of the production of conventional and hybrid seed, writing the oilseed rape component for the British Society of plant Breeders newsletter. Target audience is primarily agronomists and farmers to promote the understanding of when farm saved seed may be an option.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.lgseeds.co.uk/news/plant-breeding-matters-spring-2018/
 
Description Farmers Weekly Interactive interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview for Farmers Weekly Interactive for use in weekly podcast. Further interest from other sources following broadcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Filming for Channel 4 Food unwrapped 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Filming for segment on Channel 4 TV Food unwrapped
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Flowering time in arabidopsis and brassica UEA, MSc lecture,2 hours 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UEA MSc lectures by post-doc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Flying Farmers visit to JIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit by a group of farmers based throughout the UK so they could interact with science and de3velop an understanding of the crop science taking place at JIC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Future Explorers at the Science Museum in London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact PhD student presented exhibit on links between our research, the effects of climate change on crop yield. And explained the association between common household foods and products and different crop plants.
600 children attended the event across the 2 days, predominantly 7 year olds and above with their parents and guardians.
Questions focused on climate change and comments indicated people had learnt that crops play a far greater part in their lives (in terms of the household products/foods that they contribute to) than they had realised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/future-explorers
 
Description Gordon Conference 'Epigenetics' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This internationally recognized conference brings together epigenetics researchers from many organisms. This enabled high level discussions and important experimental planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Greencrops Ltd. Amada Farrow meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on current pest issues for the oilseed rape crop and potential for the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Growing Rapeseed in the UK - Presentation at a farming meeting/combine demostration day Wuhan, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Whilst visiting colaborators in Wuhan, China. I was asked to speak at a rapeseed demonstration day to attendees from government, farming and industry to explain how oiseed rape is farmed in the UK and the comparison with the Chinese system. Audience primarily did not speak English therefore presentation was performed with an interpreter, a Chinese speaking member of JIC staff. Great many questions and good feedback received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hutchinsons Winter Agronomy Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact BRAVO information dissemination stand at the Hutchinsons Winter Agronomy Conference to provide the opportunity to interact with industry agronomists and farmers. Resulted in continues iteraction and participation from Hutchinsons with the BRAVO project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hybrids and Heterosis, 2 hours lecturing for University of East Anglia, Plant breeding and crop genetics MSc 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Letcures given on hybrids and heterosis to the UEA MSc students. Students were engaged and asked question during and following the lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Innovate UK event, Ipswich, 'Developing Novel Germplasm for 21st Century Horticultural Production - how do we climate-proof our crops?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. They work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. Innovate UK work to determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth, meet UK innovators with great ideas, fund the strongest opportunities, connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed and help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses. Dr Irwin gave a talk at the event in Ipswich entitled: "Developing Novel Germplasm for 21st Century Horticultural Production - how do we climate-proof our crops?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Inspiring Females Day - 3 inspiring GEN women 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact More than 250 girls from schools and Sixth Forms across Norfolk and beyond enjoyed a unique insight into science, technology and engineering (STEM) careers at a new event organised by Norwich High School.

Inspiring Females: STEM took place in the John Innes Centre at Norwich Research Park on Wednesday 2nd May. In attendance were girls from Sheringham, Wymondham, Long Stratton, Reepham, City of Norwich School, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form and Ormiston Victory Academy, as well as fellow GDST schools, Northampton High School and Sydenham High School.

During the day the students had the opportunity to meet 19 inspiring women all currently working in STEM industries, and enjoyed an opportunity to network with their mentors, and explore key issues in science, art and diversity. Three of these women were Dr Judith Irwin, Dr Cecilia Lovkvist and PhD student Jade Doughty in the GEN ISP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.inspiringfemales.org.uk/if-stem.html
 
Description Inspiring Females Day - panel member 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Caroline Dean was a panel member for the Inspiring Females day held at the JIC. She spoke about what it was like working as a plant scientist and her route through education to get to where she is now. She answered questions from the school students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.inspiringfemales.org.uk/if-stem.html
 
Description Interview for Horticultural press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interview with Freelance journalist writing articles for Horticultural press resulting in article in the vegetable farmer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview about career history and research for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact As part of the 85th Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories conference on Biological Timekeeping, a number of the invited speakers conducted extended interviews that were subsequently published on Youtube. The subject of the interview is the career history of Antony Dodd, and an up to date discussion about the research focus of the Dodd lab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc_6E2CqJww
 
Description Interview and news piece with BBC Look East 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Look East visited the John Innes Centre and interviewed Antony Dodd and Dale Sanders about the potential for vertical farming to contribute to future food supplies. They discussed also the ways in which knowledge of circadian rhythms might be brought to vertical farm operation and design. The news piece was about 5 minutes long and broadcast on the BBC Look East evening news.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview for "Science Today" on BNR radio Amsterdam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on 21/4/2021 for the for "Science Today" programme on BNR radio Amsterdam, following the publication by Ejaz et al. (2021), PNAS. Title: "Waarom het ene plantje lang en het andere kort is"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.podnl.com/ep/Wetenschap-Vandaag-or-BNR-Waarom-het-ene-plantje-lang-en-het-andere-kort-is
 
Description Interview for Bayer Oilseed Rape Guide Current Brassica research at JIC - genetics of resistance to the cabbage stem flea beetle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Discussion on the current work being performed at JIC on Brassica including BRAVO, podshatter and cabbage stem flea beetle. Article produced in the first area of cabbage stem flea beetle for Industry publication on work combating the current issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview for Radio 4 Farming Today programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interview with BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme about ongoing research in the Antony Dodd lab into circadian rhythms in plants and microbes. The main focus of the interview was upon the fundamental science and how it relates to understanding crop performance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Interview on BBC farming today. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To follow our publication of a paper on how weather affects oilseed rape yields, we sis a radio segment from the John Innes Centre plant growth facility on how we investigate crop responses to our changing environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interview with BBC Farming Today radio programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The radio interview focused on a recent research publication from Antony Dodd's lab, which investigated the circadian regulation of the responses of plants to the most widely-used herbicide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interview with National Public Radio, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with journalist at National Public Radio in the US regarding publication of Molecular Plant paper on temperature-induced acceleration of pod shatter in oilseed rape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with eastern daily press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview to discuss nexus of science and innovation and public private partnerships benefitting the regional economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with eastern daily press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As ISP funding was publicised, local news media ran stories on the impact this will have to science, the environment, industry and the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview: With Angus Chen of National Public Radio (USA) on Warming scenario and early seed dispersal in Brassicas. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview: With Angus Chen of National Public Radio (USA) on Warming scenario and early seed dispersal in Brassicas. This was in relation to a recently published research article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/12/584936969/what-canola-can-tell-us-about-crops-and-cli...
 
Description Interviewee for article in Nature (Career Feature) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was interviewed for "Academia's ableist culture laid bare", a Career Feature that was published in Nature. The article focused to a large extent on myself and my career path, but included others as well. Since being interviewed for this article, I have received a large number of emails from different individuals and organizations asking to talk about my career path, mentoring opportunities, and for public speaking events, mostly focused around disability in STEM.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02695-0
 
Description Introduction to Associative Transcriptomics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ran a three day jtraining course ;on association trancriptomics for the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute. Training in how to use associative transcriptomics pipelines which are at the core of JIC brassica and BRAVO work. Dissemination of methodology. Material produced for the course has since been used to train PhD students and post-docs on the BRAVO project at JIC in how to peform AT. This has replaced face to face training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Introduction to Royal Society Partnering Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participation in Staff and Governing Councillors Meeting to present video produced in leu of visit (Covid lockdown) for Town Close, Norwich School assembly to introduce myself, our research and the school research project as STEM Partner for a Royal Society Partnering Award Grant Project that will be running over the course of 2021. The aim of this meeting was to get as many of the teachers within the school involved in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Speaker, Brassica2018, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to give Keynote lecture at Brassica 2018 entitled: The impact of flowering time genes on crop productivity: more than when to flower
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Talk at Knowledge Transfer network event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation describing how understanding the regulation of flowering time can contribute to combating the impacts of climate change in Brassica breeding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited conference presentation - Japanese Society for Molecular Biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave an invited virtual presentation to the Japanese Society for Molecular Biology during their December 2020 annual main conference. The audience was a mixed grouping of circadian biologists, working across a variety of experiment systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited conference talk - Society for Research on Biological Rhythms 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave an invited research talk to the international Society for Research on Biological Rhythms conference. The talk focused upon research into signal transduction related to the Arabidopsis circadian clock, but the conference incorporates an audience working across all experimental and applied aspects of chronobiology (plants, mammals, humans, patients).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited department seminar at University of Cardiff (online due to COVID) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited seminar titled "Making sense of scents: how plants and animals use volatiles to facilitate their reproduction" was delivered to the University of Cardiff in Wales (online due to COVID-19). The seminar was followed by one-on-one meetings to further discuss research. Email followup indicated that the talk was enjoyed and has resulted in new professional connections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited department seminar at University of Lille, France (online due to COVID) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited department seminar titled "Making sense of floral scents in plant-pollinator interactions" was delivered at the University of Lille, France via Zoom (due to COVID-19). Audience reported being more aware of the role of scent in interspecies interactions and enjoyed the seminar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited seminar - Enza Zaden 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I was invited to deliver a seminar at the head quarters of Enza Zaden (Enkhuizen, Netherlands) about Speed Breeding and how they might be able to use it more effectively in their company. I have since discussed potential projects with their pre-breeding team about improving the control of flowering for cucurbits and onion within their breeding programs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar - wheatCAP Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the wheatCAP symposium - Bridging the Gap: Using Functional Genomics to Unlock Yield Potential, held in San Diego. My talk influenced the views of multiple post-graduate students at the symposium, and I will be hosting a student at JIC who invited me to talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.triticeaecap.org/whpss/
 
Description Invited speaker at Peking University, Beijing, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Caroline Dean was invited to speak at Peking University, Beijing, China, on the 1st June. Her seminar was entitled: 'Epigenetic switching and antisense transcription'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited speaker at Sustech Shenzhei, China. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Caroline Dean was invited to speak at Sustech Shenzhei, China on the 28th May. Her seminar was entitled: 'Epigenetic switching and antisense transcription'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited speaker at Wellcome Trust Plant 'Genomes in a Changing Environment' meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Caroline Dean gave the keynote lecture on the 24th October 2018 at the Wellcome Trust Hixton Hall Plant Genomes in a Changing Environment meeting. Her talk was entitled: 'Adapting to different winters'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Science Innovation Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact JIC scientists presenting their science to invited industry/companies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC blog: LGBTQ+ life in the lab: progress and challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Along with two other JIC staff, I co-wrote a blog about LGBTQ+ life in the lab and how diversity has shaped my experiences as a scientist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/lgbtq-life-in-the-lab/
 
Description JIC science for innovation showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gave a presentation on yield stability in rapeseed to our JIC industry open day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC-CAAS joint lab meeting, Wuhan, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to the Oil Crops Research Institute, CAAS, Wuhan.

Meeting between collaborators to discuss current works and potential for the future. Presentation provided for staff, students and collaborators about current work at JIC. Current outcomes from my role within the collaborations are two publications over the last 3 years. Area of interest are comparable and a good relationship has been maintained over the past 15 years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description JIC/CSIRO partnering workshop UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop between JIC UK and CSIRO Australia as part of a partnering award looking at synergies between project, agriculture, environmental interactions and methodologies between the research institutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description John Innes Centre open day to the public 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To show the general public plant science research in practise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Knowledge Exchange between Prime Agriculture LLP and scientists 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Wells et al. were involved in a visit from Steve Baldock (PrimeAg, 1/3/2018), to discuss the impact of JIC science on agriculture/agronomy; and building relationships with local businesses.

Feedback from Steve Baldock (PrimeAg, 1/3/2018) We had an excellent afternoon looking at work being carried out on our doorstep... We would very much like to build closer links between our organisations, as we will be responsible for delivering your solutions to industry, driving their uptake and implementation. ...please do not hesitate to contact us. Having direct input to 95000ha of East Anglian farming means that we are in a good position to provide information/sites/farmers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description LGBTQ+ Scientists: Life in the Lab radio interview with Stephen Bumfrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Based on a blog post entitled "LGBTQ+ Life in the Lab: Progress and Challenges" I was invited to be on Stephen Bumfrey's BBC Norfolk radio show to talk about being an LGBTQ+ person in science and in the lab and how things have improved for diversity/equity/inclusion and our community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p096dhtk
 
Description Lives in Science - Schools Art/Science Workshop with Malca Schotten 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Wells participated in a 'lives in science' workshop to inspire GCSE students about a career in plant science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MSc lecture given at UEA on Flowering and Vernalization 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Caroline Dean gave an MSc lecture on Flowering and Vernalization leading to many questions and further discussion with the students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MSc lecture x 2 - Brassica genetics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lectures on Brassica genetics given for the University of East Anglia Plant Breeding MSc course. Lectures contained information on past and current work at JIC and provoked questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MSc lecture x 2 - Brassica genomics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lectures on Brassica genomics presented for the University of East Anglia Plant Breeding MSc course. Lectures for the teachig part of the students gaining this qualification. Lecture provoked questions and discussion from the students in this area. Ongoing work within Brassica genomics at the institute was included.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MSc lecture x 2 - Hybrids and heterosis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lectures given on Hybrids and Heterosis for the University of East Anglia Plant Breeding MSc course. Details of past and current work at JIC included. Lecture stimulated good discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mardlers dinner discussions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A group of local landowners/farmers (the Mardlers) were invited to JIC for discussions on current research. The Mardlers regularly meet in the local area with a JIC representative being in attendance at every meeting. As an alternative this event was held onsite at JIC. Discussions were held about current research at JIC and opinions heard from both the science, farming and economic areas. Both scientist and other attendees were educated about opinions and practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description McClintock Lecture Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Caroline Dean gave the Barbara McClintock Lecture at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory NY on chromatin regulation and evolutionary adaptation. The talk stimulated discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://cshlwise.org/institutional-events/mcclintock-lectures/
 
Description Media interview for Canadian farming press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with Canadian frelance journalist for agriculture magazine. Publication of details on research in article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Media interview video to promote work to croptec show delegates 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact dd
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting and presentation to discuss interactions between those international groups involved in meiosis research on wheat and barley in Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting has led to the proposal to hold a much larger meeting on cereal meiosis researchers in 2019 at RRes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Exocyst 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss JIC capacity in cabbage stem flea beetle research and areas for future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with industry - Frontier CSFB and OSR 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit from Frontier to JIC to talk about current cabbage stem flea beetle work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting with seed distribution company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The meeting was to discuss research and best practise for increasing resilience of oilseed rape crops to pests and pathogens.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Member of the board of the G20 wheat initative 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I am a board member of the G20 wheat initiative set up by the G20 agricultural ministers to facilitate coordination of wheat research in the G20 countries. We organise working group to facilitate such coordination, and to identify priorities for funding by funding agencies within the G20 countries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Member of the management board of CGIAR wheat programme (CIMMYT and ICARD) to breed wheat for the resource-poor in the developing World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A management board member of CGIAR wheat programme (CIMMYT and ICARD) to breed wheat for the resource-poor in the developing World
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019
 
Description MonoGram Conference 2018 at the JIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MonoGram 2018 was organised by Scott Boden (GEN Project Leader) et al. The conference attracted various stakeholders including commercial companies such as Limagrain and RAGT, and universities and institutes around the UK and internationally. Various talks and posters were presented at the event disseminating research to those attending. The conference raised the profile of GEN research in cereals and crop improvement with an aim to encourage new collaborations and projects and also transfer knowledge and technologies to crop improvement programs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Morley Farm Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invitation to display research outputs on Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle at the Morley Farm Open day. Attended with student conducting the research. Discussed our findings on flea beetle and other relevant aspects of our research with farmers and agronomists who were interested in relation to growing oilseed rape. Questions were raised and we were invited to collect beetles from various farms. Two way interactions allowed us to improve our working knowledge of beetles in the field and gave farmers insights into beetle lifecycle and pests helping us to inform and farmers to implement integrated pest management approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://tmaf.co.uk/morley-innovation-day/
 
Description Morley Innovation Day 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GEN scientists took participated in Morley Innovation day 2018,

"The Morley Innovation Day, in Norfolk, showcases the latest arable advice and research from UK agri-businesses, manufacturers and research organisations at the forefront of agri-tech innovation and technology, research and commercial enterprise. Free to attend, the event features a mix of exhibits and field-based demonstrations that enable attendees to interact with leading industry experts."

Dr Wells and a PhD student discussed Brassica research taking place in the GEN ISP with those that attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NFU discussion on translation of Brassica research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited to speak to the South Norfolk NFU group about Brassica research and it's implications for the national farming community. Discussions on our research into pod shatter, flea beetle, temperature effects on oilseed rape and improving yield were well received and sparked many questions and ideas on how best to tackle some of the challenges farmers are facing growing oilseed rape. We also discussed the the technologies e.g. CRISPR we our both using and developing and how this would provide benefits in the years to come. This included a two way exchange of ideas on how best to manage their challenges and what they would find useful in our future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description New Breeding Technologies - the case for Genome Editing invited Visit to NFU VI meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attendance of a Meeting of the NFU Voluntary Initiative with a colleague. Networking and discussion about JIC science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Norfolk forum Science festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To provide the general public with an insight into plant science research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Norwich Science Festival Exhibition on Climate Change and the Battle to Save our Food 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This interactive stand at the Norwich Science Festival was held on two days, with approximately 800 participants in total. Activities encouraged children to learn through educational play how our current scientific research will help to address the challenges to food security resulting from climate change.

Accompanying adults, environmental activists and concerned citizens were able to engage with JIC scientists to exchange ideas on challenges and solutions to the climate change challenge and how plant science can help address these challenges, including discussions on methods of plant breeding such as gene editing, understanding how plants and crops are responding to changes in temperature and what this will mean for yields, plant health and food availability.
Participants were positive about the role of our science in developing solutions in the form of more resilient crops and children discovered some of the ways foods they eat are linked to the crops we grow and the value of becoming a scientist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Norwich University of Arts Project to Develop artwork based on our science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentations on our science around vernalisation and the effects of cold temperatures on flowering time and crop development were presented to students who developed artwork and illustrations. Additional consultations took place to ensure the interpretations accurately illustrated our science.
We have gone on to use the illustrations and booklets produced to reach new audiences e.g. social media groups and at the Norwich Science Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Norwich University of the Arts Introduction to our Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact An overview of our research and how it relates to climate change was given to students from the Norwich University of the Arts. We hope that the students will select to work with us and hear in more detail about specific aspects of our research to stimulate production of an art project, which we can the use to help us to communicate our science around climate change in advance of COP26.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Novozymes - discussion about brassica plant establishment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Novovxymes with regards to oilseed rape establishment and brassica pests
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description OREGIN stakeholders and management meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended OREGIN stakeholder meeting. Involved in OREGIN management commitee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description One month training visit to JIC by Researcher from Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact One Month visit by Researcher from the Oilseed Research Centre at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute for training in sequence analysis, primer and marker design for use in breeding activities at BARI to help improve mustard productivity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Online discussion with Bayer Cropscience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Advised BayerCropscience on strategies for developing high quality seeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Optimising Brassica genetics to meet growing challenges - Bayer Annual Potato and Vegetable Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited speaker at the Bayer Potato and Vegetable Conference following initial BRAVO press release http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/171098/ff. Good questions from the audience and discussions following the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Organised a meeting with Australian Collaborators 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised and ran a highly interactive three-day workshop to foster collaboration between UK and Australian Researchers working on on Brassica Genomics, genetics and phenology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oxford Farming Conference, BBSRC Innovation Hub presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Wells was invited by BBSRC to represent one of their strategic areas within the innovation hub at the Oxford Farming Conference. Talk titled: BBSRC Innovation Hub
BBSRC sLOLA Brassica Rapeseed and Vegetable Optimisation (BRAVO).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Panelist for ASPB 2021 workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Panelist for an American Society of Plant Biologists 2021 conference workshop (online), "Beyond Law - Providing Accessibility & Inclusion Just Because"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventscribe.net/2021/ASPB/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=898340
 
Description Panelist for Disabled in Higher Ed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Panelist for "Accessible Fieldwork", a panel organized by Disabled in Higher Ed. Panel now available as a podcast via iTunes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://podcasts.apple.com/pt/podcast/accessible-fieldwork-panel/id1582687706?i=1000540163599
 
Description Panelist for IS-MPMI-Connect event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Panelist for IS-MPMI-Connect panel, "Dealing with & Thriving as a Scientist with Disabilities" via Zoom.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ismpmiconnect.com/event-details/dealing-with-and-thriving-as-a-scientist-with-disabiliti...
 
Description Pint of Science talk: 'Jumping Genes! How The Environment Influences Our Genomes' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Mosher gave a talk entitled 'Jumping Genes! How The Environment Influences Our Genomes' as a part of Pint of Science in May 2018.
"Did you feel that? I think one of your genes just jumped! Dr. Rebecca Mosher studies those jumping genes and how our cells try to keep them still. Although jumping genes can be dangerous because they cause mutations, sometimes a lucky jump can create something new and useful."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/evolving-diversity-the-mechanisms-behind-evolution
 
Description Plant Genomics Conference (Nanchang, China) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Plant Genomics Conference (Nanchang, China)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Plenary Lecture: Wellcome Trust Evolutionary Systems Biology meeting "Adapting to different winters: non-coding transcript and epigenetic switches at FEC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Caroline Dean gave the Plenary Lecture at the Wellcome Trust Evolutionary Systems Biology meeting in Cambridge, entitled: "Adapting to different winters: non-coding transcript and epigenetic switches at FEC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Plenary talk at Genomics in breeding meeting, IPK Gatersleben, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gave plenary talk at the main crop institute in Germany.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster and stand exhibited at the Grand Challenges Research Fund exhibition at CHOG event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Irwin J and Uauy C. et al. presented posters and stand on the role of FLC in seasonal temperature response in Brassicas and recent wheat research at the Grand Challenges Research Fund exhibition at CHOG event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at Brassica workshop, PAG 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation in Brassica workshop at Plant and Animal Genome conference, 2019 entitled: Dissecting vernalisation: keeping the greens on your plate
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at STEM event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation to girls from a selection of schools at a STEM event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at The Croptec Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I gave a presentation on our work on weather effects on oilseed rape yields for two days. The audience was farmers, agronomists, breeders, seed distributors and other agricultural supply chain participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.croptecshow.com/
 
Description Presentation at University of Copenhagen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at University of Copenhagen
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at University of Lausanne 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at University of Lausanne
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation for university students and faculty at University of Wuhan, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation for university students and faculty at University of Wuhan, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to Agri-Tech E REAP annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This was a presentation about the role of circadian rhythms in agriculture, given to the Agri-Tech E annual conference (REAP). The theme of the conference was about time, so a talk focusing on biological rhythms was very fitting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.agri-tech-e.co.uk
 
Description Presnetation at agronomy farming conference - Norwich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on the Challenges facing oilseed rape and current UK research around cabbage stem flea beetle. Approx 70-100 attendees. Good discussion follwoing talk and in break out session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Press Release: Temperature resilient crops now an "achievable dream" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/temperature-resilient-crops-now-an-achievable-dream/
 
Description Press release "Distinguished role model for women in science receives global award" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/distinguished-role-model-for-women-in-science-receives-global-award/
 
Description Press release "How Capsella followed its lonely heart" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/how-capsella-followed-its-lonely-heart/
 
Description Press release about paper identifying circadian rhythms in bacteria- "Bacteria can tell the time" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The JIC led a press release to advertise a 2021 collaborative publication involving Antony Dodd's group at JIC, Akos Kovac's group at DTU in Denmark, and Martha Merrow's group at LMU in Germany. The press release received an enormous amount of publicity. So far, propagated across various news aggregators, the data indicate that the press release has had 40,393,685 views. In addition, the study had considerable wider attention on social media (tweeted by 429 users and gained an Altimetric score of 514).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Press release about paper that sets out a roadmap for future underpinning plant sciences research to support vertical farming- "Bacteria can tell the time" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A press release was circulated to support the article, "Getting to the roots of aeroponic vertical farming," that was published by Antony Dodd's lab. The press release has gained considerable attention, reaching 44 news outlets, an online reach of 34.2 million hits, 54,000 articles in print circulation and lead to 2,264 views of the page on the JIC website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Press release and website article about publication from GEN about plant shade avoidance. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A press release and JIC website news story was produced following the publication of Fraser et al., "Phytochrome A elevates plant circadian-clock components to suppress shade avoidance in deep-canopy shade" in PNAS (2021). The news article was entitled, "How plants become good neighbours in time of stress." GEN PI Prof Antony Dodd is joint senior author on this article, and a GEN-associated PDRA (Dr Paige Panter) is joint first author. This news story was within the top three news items issued by GEN scientists, with 24 news outlets featuring the story, having an online reach of about 13.5 million people, including Ani News, Zee TV (Indian News Channels), and Yahoo India.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/how-plants-become-good-neighbours-in-times-of-stress/
 
Description Press release on how warming December temperatures reduce yield in oilseed rape 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The story was picked up widely by regional, national and international press. Media monitoring indicates a potential reach of over 30, 000 000 through online coverage and a further 121,000 in printed format. The farming press were particularly interested in this research with the coverage in the Farmers Guardian, Farming UK and Farming Life. This press release has had 1063 visits on our website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/the-winter-weather-window-that-is-costing-uk-rapeseed-growers-mi...
 
Description Press release on how warming weather is affecting yields of oilseed rape 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This press release accompanying a paper in Current Biology was picked up widely by regional, national and international press including the Daily Telegraph which publicised the new methods we are using. Media monitoring indicates that the total potential reach of the story world wide was over 100, 000 000 site visits.
Our JIC press release has been viewed 742 times and shared 29 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/12/05/climate-change-couldboost-british-crops-pioneering-fi...
 
Description Press release: "Absence of warm temperature spikes revealed as driver for vernalisation" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/absence-of-warm-temperature-spikes-revealed-as-driver-for-vernal...
 
Description Press release: "Breakthrough study reveals new insight into "immortal" plant cells" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/breakthrough-study-reveals-new-insight-into-immortal-plant-cells...
 
Description Press release: "Green revolution genes promise additional yield" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/green-revolution-genes-promise-additional-yield/
 
Description Press release: "Mother knows best - how plants help offspring by passing on seasonal clues" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/mother-knows-best-how-plants-help-offspring-by-passing-on-seasonal-clues/
 
Description Press release: "Plants have a plan for all seasons" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/plants-have-a-plan-for-all-seasons/
 
Description Press release: "Wheat research discovery yields genetic secrets that could shape future crops" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/wheat-research-discovery-yields-genetic-secrets-that-could-shape...
 
Description Prime Agriculture LLP visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit by Prime agriculture to JIC to discuss ongoing work which may be of interest to crop consultants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Promoting women in STEMM and plant biology at Dover Grammar School for Girls 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Hepworth visited Dover Grammar School for Girls and gave a talk to years 10-12 about careers for Women in STEM and Plant Science specifically.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RSB Plant Sciences working group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Involved in meetings of the RSB Plant Sciences working group. Regular input into RSB Plant Science development/policy on behalf of UK Brassica Research community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Radio 4 Life Scientific 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Caroline Dean participated in Radio 4's Life Scientific programme on the 8th May explaining the genetics of vernalisation to Jim Al-Khalili.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2jdxj
 
Description Radio Interview - BBC Radio 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I discussed the benefits of the Speed Breeding technique that has been developed at JIC in collaboration with researchers in Australia on a radio interview on BBC4 as part of the Gardener's Question Time programme. As the interview was on radio, it is difficult to gauge the impact; however, multiple people from outside the institute heard the interview and said that it has changed their understanding of the capabilities of plant breeding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b0bgmxpv
 
Description Radio interview- Radio 4 Farming Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview in the glasshouse among Brassica plants with Anna Hill from BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme. Specifically describing the BRAVO programme with clear connections and links to the GEN ISP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research Seminar at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a 1h research seminar, given at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, focused on recent research of the group of Antony Dodd.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Royal Norfolk Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I participated in the Royal Norfolk Show, but presenting for the John Innes Centre stall, where I discussed our work on improving wheat by optimizing inflorescence architecture and accelerating breeding using speed breeding. We spoke to multiple members of the general public about these specific topics, as well as general areas of plant science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science Cafe - Norwich Science Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I conducted a Science Cafe event with Prof. Enrico Coen, where we discussed the benefits of plant science and the excitement that comes with identifying genes that regulate key aspects of plant development, both in model and crop species. The event included presentations from myself and Prof. Coen, followed by a Q & A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science Café: 'Building Brilliant Brassicas' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Wells and her PhD students gave talks as a part of the 'Science Cafe' series about their Brassica research at the JIC and answered the questions asked by the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science Innovation Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An event showcasing John Innes Centre science to industry, aiming to develop and promote new relationships between scientists and industry, breaking down any barriers and enabling productive collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news-and-events/whats-on/science-innovation-showcase/
 
Description Science Showcase Event at John Innes Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I participated in the John Innes Centre Science Showcase Event to inform industry and business about the research the is taking place at JIC, and to help develop new academic/industry links.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sciences Across the Globe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact World-wide seminar series organized by HHMI/Janelia Farm and other research centres including MPI Germany and MRC LMB UK.
Series is called Sciences Across the Globe -and this one focused on Plant Biology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Seminar at Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave Seminar at CSIRO, Black Mountain, Canberra
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar at Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a seminar on the recent advances from our group investigating the genetic control of inflorescence architecture at the Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium on The coordination of development. The seminar increased the awareness of the scientific possibilities of wheat research to an audience that mainly included Arabidopsis researchers, and it was important for my career development because I was exposed to new ideas and knowledge, and I developed important contacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar given at University of Rennes entitled: 'Epigenetic switching and antisense transcription'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On the 14th May 2018 Caroline Dean gave a seminar at the University of Rennes entitled: 'Epigenetic switching and antisense transcription'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sense about Science Evidence Week 2021: Climate Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact PhD student attended Westminster for Sense about Science Week 2021 and spoke with a range of parliamentarians (MPs, Lords, staffers) to discuss JIC's HP3 vision and our research investigating the effects of temperature and climate on crop yields, as part of Sense About Science's Evidence Week. Spoke to around 15 individuals throughout the day with varying degrees of engagement, including the Minister of Science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Seventh Symposium on Plant Molecular Genetics (Sao Paolo, Brazil) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Brazilian Plant Genetics Scientific Community is hosting its Seventh Symposium on Plant Molecular Genetics, which will be held in Campos do Jordão, São Paulo, Brazil, from April 29 to May 3, 2019.

This is a joint effort between the Brazilian Genetics Society and the plant genetics scientific community to reinforce the need of Brazil to motivate the establishment of a strong research foundation in plant biology, given the importance of agriculture for the Brazilian economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sbg.org.br/en/events/vii-simposio-brasileiro-de-genetica-molecular-de-plantas/welcome
 
Description Short generation broccoli commercialisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions for the develoment of rapid cyclin brassica material for the food industry and potential for baby kale with a commercial partner.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Soapbox Science: Norwich Science Festival 2018 public engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Caroline Dean stood on a raised platform in Norwich City Centre on 27th October 2018 and chatted to the general public about vernalization and epigenetics as a part of the Soapbox Science session of Norwich Science Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Speaker, Institute of Zoology (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I gave a 45 minute online seminar to attendees from the Institute of Zoology (IoZ) in London about disabilities and fieldwork. I received a large number of questions and there was a lot of audience engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Speaker, Out Thinkers, Norwich Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Speaker for "Out Thinkers", an LGBTQIA+-focused event as part of the Norwich Science Festival. About 50 members of the public as well as other scientists attended. Was told by multiple members of the public that my talk was inspiring and they really enjoyed the research part of the presentation as well as my own personal story.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://norwichsciencefestival.co.uk/whats-on/out-thinkers-celebrating-lgbtq-in-stemm-2021?start_tim...
 
Description Speaker, Student Futures & Research Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Speaker, "Are natural sciences inclusive?" - event at the Student Futures & Research Conference put on by the British Ecological Scoiety and Linnean Society of London. Also contributed to limited discussion afterwards on a Discord server with students (all events online).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.linnean.org/learning/beyond/student-futures-research-conference
 
Description Talk at British Crop Production Council Farmers Club annual meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I gave a talk on our work on climate change and UK crop yields at the British Crop Production Council Event. The audience was between 100 and 200 famers, industry preventatives, seed merchants and agricultural supply chain company executives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bcpc.org/latest-news/press-release/technical-seminar-bcpc-farmers-club-22-september
 
Description Talk at OREGIN meeting, York, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to breeders and academia within the UK Oilseed RapE Genetic Improvement Network
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at Vegetable consultants conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk and Q&A session to group of Vegetable consultants who inform framers, growers and producers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk given at ENVEast Doctoral Training Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Wager N. gave a talk at the ENVEast Doctoral Training Programme about doing a PhD, career choices, and her current role at the JIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Ted Talk: 'Sensing and remembering winter' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Caroline Dean gave a Ted Talk: 'Sensing and remembering winter' as a part of the L'oreal Women in Science Award. There were many questions and discussions after the talk triggered by the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Cut: Science Cafe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at a local science cafe followed by panel debate and discussion session. Talk on Building Brilliant Brassicas ranged from researching current targets for crop improvement to genome editing. Good discussion, feedback and debate was received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Plant RNA Structure Symposium 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Over 250 people attended for the Plant RNA Structure Symposium 2021.
The 2021 Plant RNA Structure Symposium, will take place from Tuesday 7 September - Thursday 9 September.
It will be hosted online and is being run by the John Innes Centre, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge
RNA structure plays a central role in the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression, such as RNA maturation, RNA stability, and translation.
With the advance of newly developed RNA structure probing methods, the study of RNA structure has been revolutionarily transformed.
Recent studies have revealed new insights into regulatory mechanisms of RNA biological processes in plants. Furthermore, the identifications of cis-regulatory RNA structure elements in response to temperature and salt stress improved our understanding of how plants adapt to a changing environment.
Apart from these studies in mRNAs, new studies have determined the RNA structure features of different types of non-coding RNAs and discovered how non-coding RNAs function in plants. Additionally, some latest studies in crops have provided novel perceptions in RNA structure evolution and RNA structure-guided crop breeding.

Our plant RNA structure symposium will gather these recent advances in understanding the functional role of RNA structure in plants.

This symposium is sponsored by Frontiers in Plant Science and associated with a special research topic 'Plant RNA Structure' in Frontiers in Plant Science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/event/plant-rna-structure-symposium/
 
Description The RNA Structure Conference 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Over 500 participates attended for the RNA Structure Conference 2021.
The organizers envision that this conference will be unique in many aspects, but in particular will be sharply focused on the state-of-the-art methods being developed to measure RNA structure in living systems and how the merge of chemical probing with transcriptomics has ushered in a new era of characterizing RNA function. In addition, we are aiming to highlight how RNA structure, and our understanding of RNA structure, is informing the design of small molecules that are poised to be next-generation medicines to treat disease.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The Royal Norfolk Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact GEN scientists were involved in presenting posters at the Royal Norfolk show about research including speed breeding, which can produce 6 generations of wheat in a year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Translational talk: epigenetics at the Human Genome Centre in Edinburgh (invited speaker) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On the 4th October 2018 Prof Caroline Dean gave a talk on epigenetics at the Human Genome Centre in Edinburgh. By giving talks to fields outside of plant science the impact and application of the science will be increased. Her talk was entitled: 'Epigenetic switching and antisense transcription.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UEA Lecture BIO-6025B Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Food Production by Jo Hepworth 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture as part of the BIO-6025B Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Food Production, udergraduate biology students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description UK-BRC stakeholder online meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact |Organised/Ran the UK-BRC stakeholders meeting online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Velcourt agronomists meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with agronomists to discuss curent work on oilseed rape, especially with regards to establishment and CSFB. Questions and discussions about thhe current issues for the UK crop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Video about circadian rhythms in plants, produced in conjunction with FAPESP (Sao Paulo, Brazi state science funder). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I worked with FAPESP and Prof Carlos Hotta (University of Sao Paulo) to develop a video about circadian rhythms and why they are important in plants. The video is in Portuguese, aimed mainly at a Brazilian audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/ZXZQnQlgN_k
 
Description Video produced with BBSRC on Genes in the Environment ISP and Climate Change for COP26 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Video produce for BBSRC explaining how our research within the GEN Institute Strategic Programme will help to develop resilient crops, better able to cope with a changing climate.
This was intended to be viewed by parliamentarians at COP26 and has since been publicised on social media through the BBSRC's media channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRk_fyIXNIM
 
Description Visit to INRA in Caen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meetings , discussions with CSIRO partners on the most complementary approach between our organisations for future studies of phenology. I gave a Seminar to the INRA research group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit by JIC researcher to run a course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JIC researcher visited the Oilseed Research Centre at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute to provide training in the interpretation and use of a sequenced based database designed to help with primer design for Marker assisted selection in breeding programmes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit by two companies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The visit aimed to investigate future interactions between JIC Research, and two companies (names currently confidential).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit from commercial company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A visit took place to the JIC in May 2017 by a commercial company (name currently confidential) to discuss potential collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to INRA Rennes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Seminar and discussion on joint collaborations and future activity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to Lister Community School, East London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The PI (C Dean) visited the school and discussed with three cohorts of teenagers the prospects for science careers. I showed the L'Oreal video filmed at the John Innes Centre that described how the lab studies how plants monitor and remember seasons.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit to Newnham College Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact To raise science careers as a topic to the undergraduates in this all female College
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit to field station by Bayer 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to field station by Bayer. Multiple presentations from JIC staff. Work presented on Cabbage stem flea beetle and brassica. Many questions in response to talk and good feedback. Inquiries about future work and interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Wolf Prize celebrations- delayed from 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Wolf Prize celebrations- delayed from 2020 occurred - a team were sent to the site to film the presentation and then this was relayed on the internet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEg3RZdDMOs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEg3RZdDMOs
 
Description Women of the Future 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 110 girls from 8 schools across East Anglia visited the John Innes Centre to engage with female scientists from across STEM to discuss their roles and career pathways. This included a female scientist from the Penfield group.
Participants reported after the event that they were now more likely to consider studying a STEM subject in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Women of the Future panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A panel was held with other scientists on the Norfolk Biosciences Institutes site, aimed at pupils and educators. We discussed career paths, what it's like being a woman or gender minority in science fields, and what students might do if they wanted to pursue this career path. Due to COVID this was held online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Women of the Future video outreach 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A Women of the Future interview video was released as a five minute interview with Kelsey Byers about her science and career path. Due to COVID this was released online and as a result "attendance" was more regional than the usual local reach. Students reported feeling more aware of scientific research as a potential career path that they themselves could engage in.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Workshop JIC-CAAS on oilseed rape 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop and discussions with staff from OCRI-CAAS on future collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop JIC-CAAS on oilseed rape 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop with Chinese colleagues from Wuhan university to explore potential for collaboration and joint grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop to inform of new Brassica germplasm, genetic markers and breeding for climate resilience- BRAVO annual stakeholder meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The BRAVO project brings together UK plant scientists and industries representing horticultural and oilseed Brassica crops to increase robustness in crop performance, combating environmental change. The annual stakeholder meeting provides an opportunity for engagement between JIC researchers and stakeholders to discuss the science that has been taking place and potential future opportunities for research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Year 10 Science Camp 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact PhD student involved in this JIC event, providing work experience to year 10 students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description article for the British Ecological Society members' quarterly magazine, The Niche 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "Taking Disability Overseas: Extra Baggage, But New Opportunities", article for the British Ecological Society members' quarterly magazine, The Niche. The article appeared in the Spring 2021 edition of The Niche which has been made available free to the public through the BES website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/membership-community/the-niche/
 
Description member of the G20 wheat Initiative Science board during 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The members of the science board discuss how to better coordinate the wheat research activities in the G20 countries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description member of the management board of the CGIAR wheat programme (CIMMYT and ICARDA) to breed wheat for the resource poor in the developing world 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I offer advice to the management team of the wheat CGIAR programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description member of the organising committee for PAG 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Suggest plenary speakers for inviting to speak at PAG 2020 meeting attracting 3000 animal and plant researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description visit to sugar beet seed technology group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I addressed the european sugar beet seed technology working group at Germains Seeds on seed technology applications and the use of artificial intelligence in seed technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018